Most years my local library system (Queens NYC) goes through a process where:
- extreme budget cuts threatened
- library threatens to close all neighborhood branches on weekends and one or two weekdays
- many protests
- some money appears
- small cuts
My question. If it comes down to cuts, why is it not better to close some branches entirely and keep the others open more hours with more books. I can walk to three libraries from my home. It seems like it would be better to have fewer branches and have them open more. Or even just have fewer central libraries. But this never gets proposed so there must be a reason.